South Florida has landed a commitment from Andres Feliz, one of the stars of the recent U19 World Championships. He will enroll at the university for the 2016-17 season.
“I have decided to commit to coach Orlando Antigua and the University of South Florida. Go bulls!!!” Feliz tweeted.
Feliz was the leading scorer in the U19 tournament, averaging 18.9 points and 3.7 assists in seven games. The Dominican Republic team he played for finished 3-4 in those seven games, and Feliz was coached on that team by Oliver Antigua, an assistant coach for South Florida and the younger brother of USF head coach Orlando Antigua.
Feliz goes to high school at West Oaks Academy and plays his AAU ball for Team Breakdown of the Under Armor Association.
South Florida now has two commitments in the Class of 2016, as Feliz joins three-star small forward Troy Baxter, another member of Team Breakdown.
Two weeks ago, South Florida relieved head coach Stan Heath of his duties following a 12-20 (3-15 American Athletic Conference) season.
It comes as no surprise that Heath’s son, Josh, a freshman guard for the Bulls, decided to transfer out of the program. The latest college basketball transfer was reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports on Sunday morning.
The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 2.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in 17 games, all of which came against American Athletic Conference opponents. Coming out of Tampa Prep (Fla.), Heath held offers from DePaul, Princeton, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville and North Florida before deciding to join his father at USF.
Heath will have three years of eligibility remaining. He will likely get a waiver to play immediately at his new school given that a precedent has been set in previous seasons. Rhode Island fired Jim Baron in 2012. He accepted the Canisius job and his son, Billy, followed him from URI to Canisius and was granted a hardship waiver, allowing him to play in the 2012-2013 season. The same thing occurred the previous season, when Central Michigan fired Ernie Zeigler. His son, Trey, received immediate eligibility when he transferred to Pitt.
South Florida is still in search of a head coach after the deal with Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello had to be axed after a background check revealed he had never received a degree from the University of Kentucky. UNLV head coach Dave Rice was being targeted, but Rice is in the process of getting an extension from the Runnin’ Rebels.
Stan Heath was fired after seven seasons with the Bulls.
After appearing in 34 games for the surprising South Florida Bulls in 2011-12 and transferring from the program at the end of the season, rising junior Blake Nash has landed at Texas Tech, according to Nash’s Twitter feed Tuesday.
Nash averaged 3.7 points and 1.1 assists per game this past season for South Florida, a team that made a run throughout the year, finishing 22-14 and losing to Ohio in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.
Prior to his transfer, the move had been rumored about for some time, and Nash has reportedly been in Texas working out with the team.
He played his freshman season of college basketball at Williston State, averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Nash, an Arizona native, has an illness in the family and could file for a hardship waiver with the NCAA which would give him two years of eligibility remaining at Texas Tech.
Assuming he is granted a hardship waiver, Nash would come to a Red Raider team that finished 8-23 overall, including 1-17 in the Big 12. Their only victory in conference play came against Oklahoma in February.
Leading scorer Jordan Tolbert will return for his sophomore season and will join a massive nine-man recruiting class coming to Texas Tech. That 2012 class is led by point guard Josh Gray, a 6-1 native of Houston, Texas.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_